Chail is one of the most serene places in Himachal Pradesh. The region and its vicinities are covered under dense forest of Buras, Deodar, Chir Pine, Baan and other forest trees. Among these woods reside so many incredible and rare Himalayan species of flora and fauna with little human population. The story of its habitation by tourists begins from arrival of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. He was once exiled by British from Shimla. Enraged by this odious discrimination, he decided to set up his own summer retreat from where he could look down upon Shimla. His search came to an end at Chail. A small town that elegantly overlooks at all the nearby hills. Hence was built The Chail Palace by blessings of a Siddha Baba.The Chail Palace is constructed in a pocket of a ridge adjacent to Bazaar, in 1891. The building is a fine example of ancient stone masonry, with Indo-British interior decor. Polished wood parquet floors, different chambers for king, queen and mistresses, and a garden with walks. It is not a bad idea to have a cup of tea there in breeze and sunshine. A Siddha Baba once appeared in the dream of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh and pinpointed him the location where temple was to be constructed. Hence, the obliged king built a small temple which is now known as Siddha Baba Mandir. An offshoot path goes to the temple from cricket stadium road.
KALI KA TIBBA
Kali Devi Temple situated on the top of the hill is well known as Kali ka Tibba. Kali is the main deity in the temple and is the popular attraction for tourists as well as devotees. Located on the apex of the mountain named after the Rajmata's cottage blossom , the place gives a panoramic view of the venerable shivalik range and mighty Choor Chandni peak. Its mesmerizing view of sunset is heaven for photographers. One can always trek up to the temple , as the way up offers some good sights. Horse riding, angling and trekking are also popular near the temple.
WORLD HIGHEST CRICKET GROUND
The ground was developed by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupender Singh who made Chail its Summer capital after being banned from entering Shimla, which was summer capital then.He built the cricket ground in 1893 by levelling a hill top. Located at 2444 meters above sea level, makes it highest cricket ground in the world.The ground is surrounded by thick forests and is on the top of the hill. After the formation of Indian Union , the then Maharaja of Patiala donated all the buildings and the ground to Chail Military school and Government of India.During the school vacations ground is used to play Polo. The ground also includes a well maintained basket ball court. Occasionally even football is played on the ground as there are goal posts present
HERITAGE, THE CHAIL PALACE
The heritage Chail palace was built in 1981 and covers an approximate area of 75 acres. The palace relates to Maharaja Bhupender Singh of Patiala. He shifted to this place after his expulsion from Shimla. This spectacular place is equipped with tennis and badminton courts, an orchard, elegant lawns, quaint log cottages, open air cafe and is a perfect vacation spot. This palace is now converted into a Heritage Hotel where one can encounter the Maharaja's creation.
Chail Bird sanctuary is the major attractions in Himachal Pradesh. It was established in 1976 and covers an area of 110 km. Chail wildlife sanctuary is one of the perfect destinations for the nature lovers to explore the adventurous and venturesome place.The lush green forest ranges and its mesmerizing scenic views surrounded by oak trees and deodar forests magnetizes one towards.The slopes of the sanctuary are covered with lush green grassland. The sanctuary is home to the mammals like rhesus macaque, leopards, Indian muntjac and crested porcupine, also includes black bear , wild boar and black naped hare.You can also traverse valiant activities such as trekking, angling and bird watching. It is also known for its wide range of flora.
MOHAN SHAKTI HERITAGE PARK
Situated in one of the most serene location in Solan, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park is a beautifully planned and built temple complex, probably the most beautiful one. Each and every God and Goddess idol is sculpted to life-like form. The large hall is full of calm and spiritual ambience with marbled floor and detailed stone craft. Park's front yard faces the rivulet Ashni Khad and the backside hill is adorned with beautiful Shiva statue. This massive project was inaugurated by our former prime minister Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Mohan Shakti Heritage Park is certainly the most attractive tourist location in Solan. Kufri.
HIMALAYAN NATURE PARK, KUFRI
Himalayan Nature Park is a zoo as well as conservation area for Himalayan wild species, especially tragopans and other avifauna. Large mammals mainly constitute of Ghoral, barking deer, leopard, himalayan brown bear, himalayan black bear, fox, hyena, wolf and other wild animals. Paintings, posters, photos, bags, caps and some literature can be bought from souvenir shop in the park. The park is doing great in conservation of wildlife and mitigating human conflicts with animals.
Sadhupul is a small bridge located midway from Kandaghat to Chail. It is a great place for fun activities, fishing and water-play. The stream is narrow and it's banks often gleam with white pebbles. It is an ideal location for kids to try their hand at some rustic construction, or get creative with sand. Many tourists arrive here solely for angling or fishing.